Basin of Wemyss ware, c. 1895

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From Philiphaugh House, Selkirkshire

Postcard of Basin of Wemyss ware, c. 1895.
© National Museums Scotland

Basin of Wemyss ware, c. 1895

This white glazed earthenware basin was made at Robert Heron's Pottery in Kirkcaldy in Fife around 1895. It is part of a Wemyss Ware toilet set which came from Philiphaugh House near Selkirk.

The basin is hand-painted with pink cabbage roses.

In the 19th century, potteries grew in number to meet the increased demand. The largest firms were near the Forth and Clyde rivers and Kirkcaldy became a major centre for potteries. Robert Heron & Co. were famous for their prestigious Wemyss ware.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-240-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 162
Date: Around 1895
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: WEMYSS / T. GOODE & CO / LONDON / WEMYSS
Dimensions: 130 mm H x 190 mm D (base) x 390 mm D (rim)
What: Basin / toilet set
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Robert Heron and Co. (Maker)
T. Goode and Co., London (Retailer)
Wemyss Ware
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Wemyss ware basin of white glazed earthenware with sides curving out from a small straight foot round a circular base, sold by T. Goode and Co. of London, part of a toilet set
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 137-8 
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